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  • Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight
    Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight January 10 2020
    Kuwait's Eurofighter Typhoon adventure, which started in April 2016, lef behind an important milestone. Leonardo announced that the first platform that came out of the production line for Kuwait met with the sky. The first flight of the platform, which was named ISPA (Instrumented Series Production Aircraft) 6 configuration, made its maiden flight on 23 December 2019. In the experience of Leonardo's Flight Test Centre in Turin-Caselle, all components of the ISPA 6 ...
  • Zigana to Pass by Kuwait
    Zigana to Pass by Kuwait December 10 2019
    Trabzon Silah Sanayii (TİSAŞ) products are exhibited at The Gulf Defence & Aerospace Exhibition (GDA) held in Kuwait. TİSAŞ officials who opened a stand in GDA pointed out that the company has achieved many firsts in the sector with its technical infrastructure and quarter-century experience. Underlining that they have exported to more than 50 countries, TİSAŞ aims to increase its market share in the developing defence industry and to become a brand in the world with its quality. The comp...
  • Romania to acquire five more F-16s from Portugal
    Romania to acquire five more F-16s from Portugal December 9 2019
    The Romanian government outlined the new procurement. Romanian new aircraft will have the same M.5.2R configuration as the Romanian Air Force’s existing inventory of 12 F-16s also sourced from Portugal. Eventually, all 17 fighters will be upgraded to a new standard called M.6.X. Romania procured its first batch of 12 F-16s from Portugal under a government-to-government deal inked on October the 11th, 2013. The 12 fighters underwent revamps and upgrading to the AM/BM standard b...
  • China Changes Strategy
    China Changes Strategy November 26 2019
    China plans to export its J-10 (NATO Code: Firebird) fighter aircraft, which was developed using metal alloy and composite materials. China revealed the export variant of its J-10 fighter at the Dubai Airshow. Designated the FC-20E, the design is a near-parallel configuration of the J-10C. With the FC-20E, AVIC is taking direct aim at markets the Russians and Americans are looking to access the MiG-35 and F-16 Block-70/72, respectively. These markets are generally looking for modern, but cost...
  • Upgraded ATAK helicopter carries out maiden flight
    Upgraded ATAK helicopter carries out maiden flight November 13 2019
    Turkey's domestically developed T129 Tactical Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter (ATAK) has been upgraded and performed its maiden flight on Wednesday at the facilities of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) in Ankara. Defence Industries, President Professor İsmail Demir, announced the upgraded ATAK's first flight on his official Twitter account. "The ATAK Phase 2, equipped with a laser warning system and upgraded electronic warfare systems, successfully carried out ...
  • Kozak 2M is Different from Predecessor
    Kozak 2M is Different from Predecessor October 11 2019
    During the 16th Arms and Security Exhibition held in Kyiv, Practica exhibited its unique solutions as well as modernization projects. Practica's Kozak 2M MRAP took part in the company booth. Unlike to its predecessor, Kozak 2M has monocoque body and has a V-type underbelly structure and independent suspension system. It is powered by a 280 HP Iveco diesel engine. The platform, which is wider than Kozak MRAP, offers more balanced driving with this feature. In addition t...
  • Malyuk to the Armed Forces
    Malyuk to the Armed Forces October 10 2019
    InterProInvest introduced the Malyuk infantry rifle, developed for the Ukrainian Armed Forces and currently used in the inventory of the Ukrainian Army, at Arms and Security 2019. The infantry rifle, developed by the company's own resources, is in bullpup configuration which the magazine is positioned behind the trigger mechanism. The system is capable of using 7.62x39 mm and 5.45x39 mm ammunition and has a 415 mm barrel. Malyuk has a empty casing ejector that is ...
  • Additional F-16 Procurement
    Additional F-16 Procurement August 26 2019
    Romania continues to work with Portugal. Romania, which previously procured 12 F-16 jets from Portugal, will add an additional five platforms to its inventory. The Portuguese Government has approved the sale of the five F-16 aircraft to Romania, the price being at least EUR 130 million.  Before the summer recess, the Romanian Parliament approved the purchase of 5 aircraft. Defence minister Gabriel Leş announced on July 3 that they will have the same configuration as the other t...
  • US, Upgrades Little Bird
    US, Upgrades Little Bird August 22 2019
    Boeing is upgrading the fleet of helicopters that used for special operations in the United States Army under the Mission Enhanced Little Bird (MELB) program. The 47 machines currently in staffing must indeed remain operational until at least 2035.   The MELB program covers the upgrade of the main components of the A/MH-6 Little Bird helicopter to improve the safety margin, flight controls, and update cockpit. The improved helicopter received new rotor blades, longer ...
  • US Air Force Prepares Kit for Unmanned Air Platform
    US Air Force Prepares Kit for Unmanned Air Platform August 20 2019
      The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies on 9 August performed a two-hour initial flight of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program (ROBOpilot), according to a 15 August AFRL statement. The ROBOpilot programme aimed the ability to rapidly and affordably convert a general aviation aircraft into an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), fly a mission autonomously and then return back to its piloted configuration. This conversion took place...
  • JLTV is Ready for Mission
    JLTV is Ready for Mission August 15 2019
    The U.S. Marine Corps’ Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is officially ready to deploy and support missions of the naval expeditionary force-in-readiness worldwide. Developed to replace HMMWV vehicles in the US Army and Marine Corps inventory, JLTV offers superior protection and terrain capability compared to its predecessor. The JLTV, a program led by the U.S. Army, family of vehicles comes in different variants with multiple mission package configurations, all providing protected...
  • US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger
    US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger August 10 2019
    The Republic of Korea adds a new one to the defence expenditures it has recently increased. New military platforms to put in the inventory of the Republic of Korea navy. According to the Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency, Korea will procure 12 MH-60R Seahawk from the US under the approved request. Cost of procurement is approximately 800 million US Dollars. And will be made under the scope of the FMS. Seoul will provide helicopters, as well as hell-borne surface sca...
  • Veto by-passed
    Veto by-passed August 1 2019
    There has been a significant development in the Air Force’s long-standing aircraft debate. Answering the request of the Air Force, Bulgaria signed an agreement with the US to supply eight F-16s. Under the 1.2 billion $ deal, the US will supply ammunition, logistical support and maintenance equipment as well as aircraft. The agreement was previously vetoed by Bulgarian President Rumen Radev for financial reasons. According to the obtained information, four of aircraft will be delivered i...
  • Hızır’s First Export
    Hızır’s First Export July 30 2019
      İzmir based Katmerciler announced from its official twitter account that  it had received a USD20.7 million order from an undisclosed African country. This is Katmerciler’s first export order for the Hizir 4x4 armored vehicle, which will be delivered between 2019 and 2020. The Hizir vehicle recently entered service with the Turkish army. It has been designed and optimized for high performance under extreme operational conditions in rural and urban areas for nine pe...
  • First Patriot Received
    First Patriot Received July 17 2019
    The Royal Netherlands Army received the first of four upgraded Patriot air defence systems. In 2018, the Netherlands requested the US to upgrade the Patriot air defence system and Netherlands had signed approximately $ 105 million in contracts covering four systems. All four Dutch Patriot systems are to be upgraded by 2022. The system has received a major overhaul and modifications and its lifetime has been extended to 2040. The first upgraded Patriot system will undergo integration...
  • Spain to Acquire Piranha 5 for €2.1Bn July 16 2019
      The Spanish Council of Ministers has approved the conclusion of a contract for the manufacture of 8x8 wheeled combat vehicles. The object of the contract is the supply of manufacturing of the first production batch of 348 Vehiculos de Combate a Ruedas (8x8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles, VCR 8x8) in 13 different configurations. The contract that has now been authorized has its origins in the decision by the Council of Ministers of November 2, 2007, which approved...
  • UVision: The Israeli Loitering Munitions Specialist July 11 2019
    Present at Le Bourget in 2015, UVision from Israel was back four years later to unveil a series of new systems. Probably the only company specialised in a single category of weapon systems, loitering munitions, UVision introduced a new version of its HERO-120 as well as a multiple launcher for its HERO-400RC. The HERO-120 is the second in size within UVision’s portfolio, the lighter system being the HERO-30 that is in service with various customers, mostly Special Forces units...
  • Lantset: Cost Effective Solution June 30 2019
      The Kalashnikov Group has showcased its latest reconnaissance and attack drone Lantset-3 'kamikaze' which can autonomously locate and destroy hostile targets in the air, on land and in the water for the first time at the Army 2019 defence exhibition. Only one variant of the Lantset is on display at Army 2019, the weapon system comes in two configurations.   The heavier variant designated as the Lantset-3 exhibited at Army 2019 carries a 3 kg w...
  • First Aid Support with Airborne
    First Aid Support with Airborne June 21 2019
    The Indonesian Ministry of Defence signed a contract to supply six new Viking Canadair CL-515 and one upgraded Canadair CL-415EAF amphibious aircraft from Canadian-based Viking Air. Four of the CL-515 twin-turboprop aircraft will be delivered in "first responder" multi-mission configuration, while the remaining two will be handed over "in optimised aerial firefighter configuration", said the company in a statement. It also pointed out that, due to its flexible ar...
  • Germany Approved Sale to Egypt
    Germany Approved Sale to Egypt April 5 2019
    The German Bundestag Budget Committee has approved Egyptian sales of 2.3 billion euros. The sale was made with the export credit guarantee to secure the financial aspect of the agreement. Under the agreement, which was announced as € 2.3 billion in total, six warships will be supplied for the Egyptian Navy. Three of the platforms will be the MEKO A200 class like used in the South African Navy. Approximately 120 meters long MEKO A200 ships with a displacement of 2500 tons. Thank...
  • Additional C-295 Order
    Additional C-295 Order March 27 2019
    Kazakhstan ordered additional C-295 for the use of border security units. Thus, the country's C-295 order increased to nine. The aircraft, which is described as being in the configuration that can be used in border control and homeland security missions, will be able to serve in different task configurations. Agreement also included procurement of the necessary training, spare parts and ground support equipment
  • $4.8 Billion Sale and Upgrade Of Morocco F-16 Aircraft
    $4.8 Billion Sale and Upgrade Of Morocco F-16 Aircraft March 26 2019
    The Government of Morocco has requested to upgrade its existing 23 F 16 aircraft to the F 16V configuration.  Morocco has also requested to purchase 25 F-16C/D Block 72 aircraft and other related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.787 billion. The U.S. Department of State has approved a possible sale to Morocco of F-16C/D aircraft and upgrades of its existing fleet the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on Monday, March 25. F-16 related equip...
  • US AARGMs to Be Integrated To German Tornados
    US AARGMs to Be Integrated To German Tornados March 25 2019
    US Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) missile is to be integrated onto the German Air Force's (Luftwaffe) Panavia Tornado ECR fleet. Germany and US have agreed on a software development for the integration. Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC will develop the Block 1 software for the Luftwaffe Tornado AARGM configuration in support of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case between the US and Germany. The Luftwaffe requires the AARGM to replace its current stock...
  • India Seeks MiG-29
    India Seeks MiG-29 February 15 2019
    India that had inked a deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from French manufacturer Dassault is looking for an interim solution.  Dassault does not experience problem to deliver aircraft but allegations of corruption with regards to that contract locks Indian Air Force. the Indian Air Force is now reportedly in talks to buy 21 unfinished Soviet-era MiG-29 Fulcrums from Russia and have them completed in a modernized configuration. The Times of India reported on the possible acqui...
  • Procurement for Namer
    Procurement for Namer February 15 2019
    The US has announced the approval of Israel's procurement request. Israel, will procure the sub-component for Namer armoured personnel carrier (APC). Israel will be procure a large amount of component as part of the procurement program, which is expected to cost $ 238 million in total. In a statement from the US Department of Defence Security Cooperation Agency, the United States approved sale of 240 MT883 full-configuration power packages, 30 MT883 power packages in light confi...
  • Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70
    Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70 January 16 2019
    Bulgaria's parliament approved the government's plan to start talks with the United States on the purchase of eight new F-16 fighter jets in order to replace the country's aging, Soviet-made MiG-29 and to move closer to the standards set by the NATO. Some 130 lawmakers voted in favour of the plan of the centre-right government, led by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov while 84 deputies were against it, accusing the cabinet of breaching the tender rules. The deal fo...
  • Israel and Croatia Dropped-Off F-16 Sale
    Israel and Croatia Dropped-Off F-16 Sale January 15 2019
    An Israeli Delegation, headed by the Director General of the Defence Ministry Udi Adam, visited Croatia on 10 January 2019. The official talks addressed the multi-role combat aircraft procurement project and the bilateral defence co-operation between the Croatia and Israel. Israel was responsible to obtain approval from the United States of America to deliver the aircraft to the Croatia in the ordered configuration.  The Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Damir Krstičev...
  • Surprise Capacity for Gür Class
    Surprise Capacity for Gür Class January 11 2019
    Turkish Navy’s Gür Class Submarines will be able to engage land-based targets targets. Until now, submarines were equipped with Harpoon SSM (Surface to Surface Missile) for the above-sea targets. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, submarines will be equipped with Boeing’s Harpoon Block II. Submarines will be modernized to be equipped with such capacity. The all-weather missile can engage a wide variety of land-based targets, including coastal defence sites, s...
  • More Powerful Abrams are Coming
    More Powerful Abrams are Coming January 10 2019
    The US Army has taken action to strengthen its armoured units. The US, which recently signed an agreement to raise some tanks to M1A2 SEPv3 configuration, decided to modernize the additional tank. In line with the Land Forces requirement, the US signed an additional modernization agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems cost of USD  714 million. In this context, 174 M1A1 Abrams will be upgraded to M1A2 SEPv3 configuration. Washington administration signed an agreement for t...
  • ASELSAN Hit on "T-72"
    ASELSAN Hit on "T-72" January 2 2019
    According to the news in ASELSAN's A Bulletin, T-72A Tank Modernization Project, which was carried out with Kazakhstan ASELSAN Engineering (KAE), the company's subsidiary in Kazakhstan, successfully completed and took its place in the showcase as one of the most modern T-72 tank configurations in the world. Within the scope of modernization, T-72 tanks were equipped with a new generation Fire Control System with day / night firing on move capability, remote-controlled anti-aircraft gu...
  • Greece to Modernise 84 F-16
    Greece to Modernise 84 F-16 December 22 2018
    U.S. Department of Defence has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp., a $996,775,000 firm-fixed-price contract for F-16 upgrades. This contract provides for the upgrade of 84 Greek F-16 aircraft to the V-configuration. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Athens, Greece, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2027. This contract involves 100 percent Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the government of Greece. The Viper integrates advanced capabilities as pa...
  • Upgraded C-27J Makes First Flight
    Upgraded C-27J Makes First Flight December 13 2018
    Leonardo's aircraft division has performed the first flight of its C-27J transport in a new baseline configuration. The sortie took place on 3 December from the manufacturer's plant in Turin, northern Italy. Featuring a number of avionics and cockpit upgrades, the new configuration is designed to make the aircraft compliant with next-generation air traffic management requirements and reduce military obsolescence issues.  The upgrades will also be available as a retrofit...
  • RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time
    RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time December 11 2018
    Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons launched from RAF Lossiemouth for the first time with the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile(BVRAAM) during a Quick Reaction Alert exercise for airspace defence. Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 December that The MBDA Meteor is now operational aboard RAF  Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. According to the MoD, for the first time Meteor-armed Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland (QRA North) to interce...
  • Iomax Markets Archangel for FMS Deal in Egypt
    Iomax Markets Archangel for FMS Deal in Egypt December 9 2018
    Archangel, a low-cost, long-endurance armed surveillance aircraft ensuring six hours time on station in the armed configuration and 10 hours in the ISR configuration was presented in Egypt by Iomax. The Archangel can currently be armed with GBU-12/58 Laser Guided Bombs, AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, and ROKETSAN Cirit 2.75” Laser Guided Rockets. Egypt has defined a requirement for 12 aircraft through the FMS process.
  • Eighth FREMM Completed Trials
    Eighth FREMM Completed Trials November 30 2018
    Italy's eighth FREMM class frigate, ITS Marceglia (F597) has completed the sea tests.   The platform, which opened to sea in June, completed all sea trial activities in five months thanks to the tight coordination of the program participants. During the experiments, 13 different test phases were carried out.   Platform is the eighth FREMM class ship in Italy and the fourth FREMM built in the general-purpose configuration of the Italian Nav...
  • Second Hand Su-30s to Angola November 21 2018
    The  ex-Indian Air Force (IAF) Su-30 jets, used in the past and returned to Russia, delivered to the new owner. Su-30 jets, which India had temporarily procured from Russia as a stop-gap solution, returned to Russia after their mission was completed. The first four platforms were delivered under the agreement signed between Angola and Russia and covering 12 aircrafts costs 1 billion USD. Aircrafts were upgraded to the KN standard in Belarus before delivery. While there was no o...
  • First Candidate for NSM
    First Candidate for NSM November 19 2018
    Lockheed Martin has announced the launch of NSM integration for Freedom class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The statement included the first platform to integrate the system. The NSM (Naval Strike Missile) system will be integrated into first Freedom class platforms, LCS 27 (future USS Nanucket). Thus Freedom class ships will gain the ability of over the horizon launch capability. The NSM system developed by the Norwegian company Kongsberg and can be launched from naval or ...
  • OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project
    OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project November 11 2018
    The European Agency for the procurement of arms, or OCCAR, officially invited the aircraft manufacturer Airbus to participate into tender as the prime contractor for the European MALE RPAS Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) The European MALE RPAS, is also known as the EuroMALE. The UAV will be operated worldwide to especially support ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) missions. The Agency announced on 8 November...
  • New Product from Milkor
    New Product from Milkor October 27 2018
    Milkor, which based in South Africa, introduced its new product. The platform, which is an armoured vehicle in a 4x4 configuration, was announced as Milkor 4x4. Development activities started in 2017, and the first prototype rolled out from the production line in August 2018.  Milkor 4x4 is based on Iveco Trakker chassis. Platform has an all-welded steel body. Engine is placed in an armour-protected compartment at the front of the vehicle. The vehicle that provides protection a...
  • Z-10 is Harder than Diamond
    Z-10 is Harder than Diamond October 26 2018
    China Central Television recently released a video. In this video, additional armor plates were installed on the side of the cockpit of the Z-10 helicopter. China's Z-10 helicopters developed for the attack on enemy armoured formations and it is considered that it will be exposed to heavy anti-aircraft fire. Due to this, China added additional armour plates to these platforms. These plates are made of graphene. These ultra-thin plates provide additional protection to pilots....